Middletown Thrall Library Invites You to Go... BEYOND THE BESTSELLERS: Your Personal Guide to Interesting Books Not Necessarily Found on Bestseller Lists: Spring 2006 Edition

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  • The Girls by Lori Lansens. Joined at their skull with a shared vital vein making separation impossible, Rose and Ruby Darben share their stories in this wonderful novel. At 29 years old, these Canadian women have their own jobs at the library, amazingly different interior lives, and distinct voices. There is much to enjoy here.

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  • Brookland by Emily Barton. An eighteenth century dream to build a bridge across the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn is the centerpiece of this epic tale of a family distillery and three sisters in colonial New York.

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  • Death Without Company by Craig Johnson. Absaroka County, Wyoming is the kind of insulated community where everyone knows everyone else. When Sheriff Walt Longmire investigates the death of a woman in an assisted living home, the evidence points back to his mentor, former Sheriff Lucian Connally. "Walt and his idiosyncratic crew are terrific company - droll, sassy and surprisingly tenderhearted." Kirkus
  • Summer Snowby Rebecca Pawel. Set in fascist Spain shortly after World War II, this mystery features complex characters and plenty of suspense. Gardia Lieutenant Carlos Tejada at the bequest of his father investigates the death of his own paranoid great-aunt, Dona Rosalie.


    • Crystal Rainby Tobias Buckell. Twenty-seven years ago, John de Brun washed up on the shore of Nanagunda with no memory. He made a life for himself on the planet but is haunted by his lack of identity. Now he must help save his adopted homeland from the Azteca, who want fresh sacrifices for their gods, by recovering a lost technological artifact, the Ma Wi Jung. The rapid pace and human characters distinguish this science fiction debut.

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    • Isolation Ward by Joshua Spanogle. Three young women enter a Baltimore hospital with flu like symptoms. When their skin begins to slough off, the CDC's Dr. Nathaniel McCormick is called in. Is it a terrorist attack or something more domestically sinister? This debut medical thriller by a Stanford medical student is getting lots of praise.

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